We’re proud to announce we’ll be returning for ClexaCon 2018 in Las Vegas! Below you can find details on the 3 panels we’ll be hosting this year!
March 3rd, 2016. A devastating day that sparked a community of likeminded fans to find our voice together and a movement to demand positive LGBTQ+ representation was born.
Last year, the Lexa’s Legacy panel opened the first ClexaCon with reflection on the immediate aftermath of that day and the incredible legacy it has left behind both in the fan community and on the media landscape. This year, members of LGBT Fans Deserve Better once again invite you to join us for a discussion and celebration with content creators around the enduring legacy of a character that has inspired the LGBTQ+ community to do and create extraordinary things. Our story is still far from over.
Panelists:Nicole Espinosa, Rin L., Chandler Meyer, Lynn Sternberger Moderator:Jess Kath
Featured Panel – Lexa’s Legacy – 10am Friday, April 6 on the main stage in Audre Lorde
Nicole Espinosa – Nicole is an undergraduate at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas studying Gender and Sexuality Studies and Sociology. Her research is in queer fandoms as spaces of creative resistance, healing, and community utilizing Asian-American, Black, and Chicanx feminisms as theoretical frameworks. In her spare time, she binge-reads Clexa and SupeReignCorp trash and karaokes at dive bars in the desert. Her latest obsession is bullet journaling.
Rin L. – Australian youtuber. Reaction videos with a side of gaming. Small and shouty.
Chandler Meyer – Chandler is one of the original founders of LGBT Fans Deserve Better. Motivated by the phrase and the movement, she has channeled a passion for writing and a desire for change into a future career in screenwriting and production. She is California born and currently living and loving sunny Los Angeles.
Lynn Sternberger – Lynn most recently wrote on Freeform’s hit millennial dramedy The Bold Type, and previously on the NBC medical series Heartbeat. A former book editor, Lynn quit her job and moved to Vancouver, Canada to attend film school (but really to follow a girl). She wrote a pilot, married the girl, and relocated to Los Angeles, where she works to create the queerest television possible.
Jess Kath – Jess is Board Secretary of LGBT Fans Deserve Better, a ClexaCon partner and 501(c)(3) nonprofit all-volunteer organization advocating for positive LGBTQ+ representation in the media. She focuses on organizational policy and governance, as well as project research, writing, and speaking on positive representation.
2017 Year In Review
While LGBTQ+ characters have long suffered and been erased in the media, recent TV seasons have been unprecedentedly grim ones for lesbian, bisexual, and queer female characters, unleashing a storm of critique and grabbing the attention of mainstream media worldwide. Two years after the movement demanding positive LGBTQ+ representation was set in motion, the impact can be felt in the new and returning shows, storylines and characters that meant the most to all of you.
Join members from LGBT Fans Deserve Better, together with media critics and fans, to discuss the impact the movement may have had as well as analyze the current standing of LGBTQ+ representation as we review the major highs and lows of queer TV this past year.
Featured Panel – 2017: Year in Review – 11am on Sunday, April 8 on the main stage in Audre Lorde
John Arrow – John is a transmasculine fan from Seattle with a deep love of television, cons, poker, and fandom. He is the founder of the multi-fandom femslash con, TGI Femslash (TGIF/F), and has been vidding for over ten years. When not crying over OTPs, he can be found teaching 7-year-olds how to solve math word problems about his OTPs.
Leah Bartels – Leah is the programming chair for TGIFemslash, an intimate multi-fandom femslash convention established in 2015. Currently based in Brooklyn, she works as an associate producer for a documentary series on PBS, though she spends her free time writing meta on tumblr. She has an MFA in Screenwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Amanda Holland – Amanda is the creator and executive producer of Girl Ship TV and Drunk Lesbians Watch as well as the writer of Project Inferno. She is a former theater major from Cleveland, Ohio and she never knows what to say in bios. She enjoys talking about TV, writing about TV and watching TV. You may recognize her from BuzzFeed. But if you don’t, that’s cool.
Chloe Tse – Chloe Tse is a gaysian journalist, media critic, co-founder of TheFeminismProject.com and social justice warrior. While she spends her days as digital editor for CAA Magazine up in Canada, she’s been published in a variety of publications including Curve, Xtra, S Style, The Toronto Star, TraveLife and more. She has served as an executive board member of advocacy boards in Toronto (she helped organize and led the first PinkDotTO march raising visibility for queer Asians). This beagle mom is returning to ClexaCon and promotes better representation and diversity any opportunity she gets. #NormalizeIt
LGBT Fans Deserve Better Presents: TV Scoring
Join LGBT Fans Deserve Better as they present a demonstration of their TV Scoring System, a tool designed to evaluate the quality of LGBT Representation on primetime television shows. Using objective criteria and categories, including screen time, tropes, and more, the system establishes a ranking of shows with the best – and worst – of LGBT representation.
Panelists:Shelbie Cohen Moderator:Jess Kath
Shelbie Cohen – Shelbie is an engineer, military veteran and contributor to the LGBT Fans Deserve Better organization. An important part of her work is participating in gathering statistics and scoring canon f/f representation in a variety of TV shows. This provides the organization and community with clear numbers to help illustrate the discrepancies of representation in media.
LGBT Fans Present: TV Scoring Demo – 6pm on Saturday, April 7 in Edie Windsor
We’re going to be attending Love Fan Fest in Barcelona, June 22-24, 2018!
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